HC Deb 19 February 1917 vol 90 cc1015-6

(by Private Notice): I "beg to ask whether, when a Member, elected to this House, finds himself unable or neglects to take the Oath of Allegiance, he is entitled to draw such salary as may be paid from public funds to Members of the House of Commons for the time being?


A difficulty has arisen with regard to this matter, because it appears to me that on the strict construction of the Vote which has been passed in previous Sessions for Members' salaries it will be possible for a Member to qualify to obtain his salary and yet put himself in such a position that he would not be qualified to sit and vote—that is to say, the Member would be paid his salary, yet would be unable to perform any of his duties. I do not think that is a position, which the House intended that any Member should occupy. But there are certain difficult questions arising with regard to it, and I am taking time to consider how they can best be dealt with. Perhaps, if the hon. and gallant Member will renew his question on another day, within a few days, then I may be able to give him a more definite reply.